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SADOW: Jindal, Leges Have Already Won On PARCC Politics

So eight legislators snap their fingers and Gov. Bobby Jindal overturns educational policy just like that? Well, it’s not quite that simple to summarize a series of events performed by all parties more to impact perceptions than substance. At the beginning of... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: White’s EBR Schools Bill Is Charters By Another Name

Sometimes politics makes one too clever by half, as is the case with a bill to alter the governance structure of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District. But also sometimes the limits of politics forces very imperfect solutions. While... (Continue reading)

SADOW: No, It Doesn’t Make You A Hypocrite To Want McAllister Gone

With the sexual indiscretion of Republican Rep. Vance McAllister has come calls from some prominent Republicans for him to resign, which has spawned charges of hypocrisy from prominent Democrats. But going beneath the surface of the matter blunts, if not invalidates, the latter’s... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: No, We Don’t Need An Elected Education Superintendent

Having both an elected state superintendent of education and a mostly-elected board overseeing education remains a bad idea that Louisiana got rid of only a little more than a quarter-century ago. Two bills by state Rep. Joe Harrison would resurrect the notion, which would make... (Continue reading)

SADOW: Seems Like King Ben Is All For The Few Dominating The Many

It’s hard to tell whether state Sen. Ben Nevers is an automaton, ideologue, or simply slept through his history and civics classes in school, by his sponsoring of the half-baked SB 674. The bill would place a moratorium on any legal petition for... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Let’s Exercise Sober Judgement In The McAllister Case

It didn’t take long for Washington to corrupt Rep.Vance McAllister, who was recorded in a silent tête-à-tête with a female, now former, staffer. If nothing else, in assessing the political impact the episode has on his future will provide another opportunity to put into context how... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Cassidy’s Counting On A Changed Louisiana Electorate

When asked about the base assumption on which the Rep. Bill Cassidy campaign to oust incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu was constructed, a campaign official declared it was that the Louisiana electorate increasingly was moving towards a “post-pork paradigm.” That’s one manifestation of the larger... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Grigsby Poll A Nightmare For Landrieu, Not For Jindal Or Vitter

It’s now Rep. Bill Cassidy’s 2014 Senate race to lose, Sen. David Vitter’s governor’s race to begin to consolidate upon, and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s restoration of political capital to achieve, according to a semi-annual poll put out there by one of Louisiana’s major Republican activists.... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Common Core Opponents Can’t Beat Something With Nothing

While maybe in poker you can beat something with nothing, that’s not true in politics – as detractors of usage of the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana found out yesterday in the House Education Committee. A pair of bills that would have significantly... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: BGR Has It Wrong On Adley’s Flood Authority Bill

Usually shooting well when it comes to evaluating operations of government, New Orleans’ Bureau of Government Research bogeyed badly in confused opposition to reforms to bring more accountability to the state’s flood protection authorities. SB 79 by state Sen. Robert Adley would change the process... (Continue reading)

SADOW: You Can’t Make TOPS Work Unless It’s Merit-Based

One comment to a legislative committee put into a nutshell the reason why Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Scholars has become a costly public policy issue and why it must be reformed if any coherence is to come to larger policy... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: In Support Of A Turnout Requirement

If it’s good enough for Switzerland, Italy, and other countries and states, it ought to be good enough for Louisianans and will save them a little money in the process. This doesn’t refer to improved horology, better chocolatiers, or increased... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: An Obviously Worthy Bill Faces Obviously Unworthy Opposition

When it comes to trying to defeat a good idea, never let the inadequacy of a bad suggestion get in the way of accomplishing that, a recent exchange in a Louisiana House of Representatives committee reaffirmed. In front of the House... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Pearson Gets Mugged Trying To Save The State A Few Bucks

Given the state’s populist political history, is it any wonder Louisiana legislators won’t stop doling out considerable corporate welfare to the newspaper industry when they think it’s their obligation to submit to a shakedown by it? Wednesday, HB 141 by state Rep. Kevin... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Vance McAllister’s ‘Anti-Politician’ Con Game

When he ran in the special election for the Fifth Congressional District, the question was whether novice Republican candidate then, now Rep.Vance McAllister was politician enough to win. Then when he took office the question mutated into whether he was politician... (Continue reading)

SADOW: The Legislature And The Nanny State

State Rep. Steve Pylant’s HB 961 would force municipalities that receive more than half of their revenues from speeding tickets to post signage on state roads around their borders advertising the municipality is a “speed trap.” If they failed to do so, money... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: A Little Less Talk, And A Lot More Action

One thing that veteran politicians count on in the electorate to become veteran politicians is for the electorate to have a short memory. That attitude went on full display at a House Appropriations Committee meeting last week and adds to the continued... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: Funding Formula Must Reward Classic University Education

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so while policy-makers should take heed of a warning presented by a source not normally associated with a quest for academic excellence when determining how to judge the performance of Louisiana’s higher education... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: John Maginnis Isn’t Shilling For Mary, Is He?

If you’re a careful reader of the website LaPolitics founder John Maginnis, you can see hints of the liberal Democrat in him just straining to get out. But sometimes his suppression fails, as it did in ahope-against-hope opinion piece about Sen. Mary Landrieu’s reelection... (Continue reading)

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SADOW: John Bel Edwards’ Puffer-Fish Gambit

While the calendar says that the next Louisiana governor’s election won’t be until next November and for now political attention is on an ex-convict by that last name, the future is now for Democrat state Rep.John Bel Edwards as he scrambles to... (Continue reading)

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